Dennis Banks


Age: 80

co-founder of the American Indian Movement who was one of several activists who founded the AIM in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1968 while he was a leader of its armed takeover of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in a protest against both the tribal and U.S. government (the village had been the site of a massacre by U.S. soldiers in 1890 that left an estimated 300 Indians dead when the occupiers held federal agents at bay for 71 days), whose Ojibwe name was Nowacumig and who lived near the town of Federal Dam on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Cause of Death: Complications from heart surgery

Born: April 12, 1937

Died: October 29, 2017

Rochester, Minnesota